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  • The Way of the Not-So-Empty Hand: A List of Karate Weapons

    The Way of the Not-So-Empty Hand: A List of Karate Weapons

    What!? Karate weapons? That doesn’t sound right! If you’ve read our recent post on what Karate means you know that the literal translation of Karate in Japanese is “empty hand.” The logical implication here is that there are no weapons used in Karate. Strictly speaking, this is true. There are no real “Karate weapons”. However, there is a list of Karate weapons that many Karateka train with. Let’s dive in and learn all about them! The History of Karate Weapons So, if fighting weapons don’t exist in Karate, where did these weapons come from and why are they associated with Karate? It’s all because of the Okinawans. ....

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    If you work with young children, then you will want to read these easy to play self regulation games for children. These six games provide great suggestions for physical or occupational therapy self regulation activities and require no equipment! We all love activities that do need any preparation or equipment. The research study that was performed were for kindergarten students. Here is a description of the six games played in the study. These games were designed to help children practice: paying attention. following directions. remembering rules. demonstrating self-control. RED LIGHT, PURPLE LIGHT Like Red Light, Green Light, a teacher acted as a “stop light” by standing ....

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  • 15 Tips For Picky Eaters

    15 Tips For Picky Eaters

    Healthy Food for Picky Eaters Here are 15 foods picky eaters can choose from. Some are homemade, and some are store-bought. Let’s dive in. 1. Veggie chips Vegetables are a great source of vitamins A and C, B vitamins, and fiber. But getting your picky eater to eat veggies can be a challenge. Most store-bought veggie chips are made from vegetable flour or powder. Make your own instead. It’s easy. Bake thinly sliced beets, sweet potatoes or zucchini with a dash of oil. 2. Pumpkin or banana pancakes Whether using pancake mix or cooking from scratch, flour is fortified with B vitamins and iron. Pancake mix has added sugar, but topping pancakes ....

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  • Give Your Heart to Martial Arts

    Give Your Heart to Martial Arts

    All martial arts involve physical activity that increases both your mental and physical endurance. But did you know that practicing martial arts also helps to maintain healthy heart function and a strong cardiovascular system? February is American Heart Month, an opportunity to raise awareness of the different heart-related conditions that could potentially affect any of us, such as heart disease, stroke, and cardiac arrest. To help shed light on this topic, we’ve listed some of the surprising links between martial arts and a healthy heart! Martial arts strengthens your heart A high-intensity martial arts workout both temporarily raises your heart rate and ultimately lowers your ....

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  • Karate vs. Taekwondo: What's The Difference?

    Karate vs. Taekwondo: What's The Difference?

    Karate and taekwondo both start with beginners learning fundamental rules and basic moves. These form the foundation for learning the more advanced moves. In each martial art form, you’ll learn different “stances” and ways to punch, kick, and block an opponent. These will be done slowly, and each move is held to help you get the right form. It’s important to know that holding stances for a longer period in both karate and taekwondo will not be helpful in an actual fight. The stances are meant to be used as a training tool. Fight movements need to flow quickly from one to the next to be effective. Karate Karate is best known in pop culture ....

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  • Parenting the Shy Child

    Parenting the Shy Child

    Parenting the Shy Child In a world that highly values the traits of extroverted individuals, shy children are often assumed to have something wrong that needs to be fixed. However, shyness is simply a personality trait that is part of their temperament. Children are born with unique personalities, although the environment can play a significant role in how these traits present as the child develops. What is apparent is that shyness falls on a continuum, where children have varying levels of this trait. The important thing is to remember that different character attributes should be embraced to appreciate the unique way a shy child interacts with the world around them. Children are wired ....

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  • How Martial Arts Helps Kids and Families Build a Strong Community

    How Martial Arts Helps Kids and Families Build a Strong Community

    Just like an elementary school, martial arts schools draw students from the local community. And just like elementary school kids, martial arts students give back. Bake sales, outdoor events, fundraisers, these are the staples of how teachers, students and families connect with their community on a broader scale. A martial arts' student’s leadership skills, their attention and kindness and respect in everything they do at school and home, make a big impression. Parents attest to this all the time, speaking with enthusiasm to what their kids are learning, how they’re developing strength and confidence on the journey to black belt. This journey culminates in an official ....

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  • Fostering Empathy in Children During the Holidays

    Fostering Empathy in Children During the Holidays

    Fostering Empathy in Children During the Holidays ‘Tis the season! A season of giving, a season of patience, a season of all things warm and inviting. Doesn’t it all sound magical? As we go into this time of year, the excitement fills the air and the anticipation of gifts and fun activities encompasses our very being, no matter what age. And while the spirit of the season surrounds us, the hustle and bustle often leaves parents exhausted and children focused only on the “gimme” of presents. To counteract this, it is important to revamp our priorities and utilize the holidays as a starting point for helping foster empathy in children. The first step ....

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  • Movement - Reducing the Effects of Sitting

    Movement - Reducing the Effects of Sitting

    Movement Reducing the Effects of Sitting There’s no denying that advancements in technology have made our lives easier. We can work from home, shop online, and watch newly released movies, among many other things, all without leaving the couch. And while this saves us travel time and hassle, it can lead to unexpected health consequences. The reason is that we are sitting for prolonged periods, which can deteriorate our bodies. Even worse is our children are also sitting a great deal, so they are now faced with the same issues that adults have been. Therefore, children need to keep their bodies moving [JS1] throughout the day. The human body is like a ....

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  • The Importance of Uniforms

    The Importance of Uniforms

    The Importance of Uniforms For many years, uniforms have been used in a multitude of industries. From school, to the military, to sports teams, to work, uniforms have remained an element that helps people distinguish one team or organization from another. And while uniforms are mainly used for this reason, sports teams, the military and some other organizations have supplemental uniforms that have their own purpose as well. No matter what type, uniforms give people a sense of unity and helps promote pride in being a part of a larger organization. Loyalty in a group also increases and a feeling of team boosts the morale among everyone involved. Members also feel more confident and ....

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